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Got my kids the Nextar 1GB MA933A digital MP3 player. We use napster and iTunes. Have downloaded some songs to player as when players plugged in by USB they show up as being on the list. However, they are not available in list of songs in the LED display, nor are they played. Interestingly enough, we were able to get 1 song on 2 of the 3 players, but not the 3rd. I don't know the best way to download songs. Please help!! They're having a Christmas meltdown!!

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  • pleshas Dec 26, 2008

    Helpful info - but wondering are MP4 files then just not possible? I have been trying to find an online software to convert these files but haven't found anything simple and fast enough to bother with. They are also what appears to be as MP4 protected files that were downloaded from iTunes.

    .. 7 year old sooooo frustrated w/his XMas gift! Mom too!


  • Anonymous Dec 26, 2008

    Thank you Chris for the formatting sure made our day with this device a lot easier....glad I read this before doing anything with these. :)

  • peggymuehlst Dec 26, 2008

    thanks so much!! worked perfectly!! I now have 3 happy kids and one amazed and impressed husband!! Merry Christmas!!

  • berniemac1 Dec 27, 2008

    Please help me!  i am downloading songs from my MAC to the nextar.  i cant even figure out to format  the drive from the tips in the previous emails.  i know the songs are on the mp3 drive.  they are however listed as m4a files.  i have a 9 year old that is being so very patient.  any help would be appreciated.


  • peggymuehlst Dec 28, 2008

    I googled "how to convert protected mp4 to mp3 files" I entered the first one on the list and found 3 downloads. the one I ended up downloading is "protected music converted" it ended up costing me 19.99, but there is a free trial. i followed the instructions and was able to convert all 20 of the protected itunes downloads to mp3 onto the nextar. and guess what? they all play AND show up in the list. Hope that helps!!

  • tullamay Dec 29, 2008

    My problem is not getting the songs downloaded,(I use BearShare) is that none will play. I get an intro to one song and nothing else. Everything else comes up as 'format error'.
    I got this for Christmas from my daughter to use when I am walking. I need HELP PLEASE!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous Apr 18, 2009

    Can't transfer itunes I bought on line to my Nextar mp3 player OR to Windows Media. Don't wsnt to go buy an ipod, too.

  • pleshas May 11, 2010

    From what I have read it doesn't work yet (Hymn) with iTunes 8.0; which is what I have so I guess I have to wait it out or go to SoulSeek and download them. Thanks for the info though, I will see if I have some that are not protected.



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Hey there Peggy,

A lot of people have been complaining about this particular product.First of all, you have to format the player, but the instruction manualdoesn't even mention this..
Plug one into the usb port and wait for it to detect. Then go to My Computer, and right click on the drive and Format.
You should now be able to copy songs over, although Protected mp3's WILL NOT PLAY ON THIS PRODUCT!!!
Unbelievable, I know, in this day and age..
Almost makes you want to download and install Soulseek and download 'normal' versions of the mp3's, doesn't it? Because they will always play in your mp3 player?
So first format the thing. The rest is up to you ;)

Hope this helps ;)
Season's Greetings!

Chris (ziraffa)

Posted on Dec 25, 2008

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    chris grams Dec 26, 2008

    Glad to help! Nice to get feedback too :)

    @pleshas free software to convert m4a to mp3 files:

    Try the dbpoweramp music convertor.

    Run it > Choose file

    That page is the codec page; choose which one you want, in your case:

    for the mp4 codecs (i.e. aac).

    Note: if you download songs from the iTunes Music Store, they will be
    protected files, ending in .m4p (p for protected). It is quite within
    your legal right to unprotect these if you so wish: that program will do that for you. You can't convert songs that are protected.

    A little practice and it'll be second nature :)
    Good Luck!

    Chris (ziraffa)

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    chris grams Dec 29, 2008

    Hi all,

    Check out this page:

    If the program itself doesn't suit you, then the first 2 paragraphs might be of interest:

    "Many people ask on the forum: "where can I find the freeware to
    convert m4p to mp3?" It is almost impossible to find a really free m4p
    to mp3 converter in the market, although many programs claim they are.
    Audacity is a free and popular audio editor. Some people said it is the
    best freeware to convert protected m4p music files to mp3. Actually it
    can convert m4p to mp3, but not in the direct way.

    Audacity is a cross-platform free program and can be run on Mac OS X,
    Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems, but the
    current version of Audacity cannot support adding protected music, such
    as M4P, AAC and protected WMA directly. You can convert m4p to WAV or
    AIFF with iTunes and then import to Audacity. For M4P files, you have
    to burn it on an audio CD and then rip it with iTunes and add to the

    I personally have been using Audacity for years. It can record anything that is playing through the speakers, and you can convert it to loads of different formats including WAV and mp3 (needs the LAME plugin from the audacity site).
    So - Play any protected MP4 on itunes, and record it using Audacity, export to mp3, right-click on it, and Send to.. My Removeable Disk.

    Food for thought..

    Chris (ziraffa)



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